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    York University,  Toronto
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    York University,  Toronto
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    Trent University,  Peterborough
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    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - University of Toronto,  Toronto
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    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - University of Toronto,  Toronto

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Doing it for the Chicks live in Victoria, BC


Kate Reid

Entertaining. Sharp. Honest. Funny. A woman who breaks the stereotypes and makes us all think as well as laugh. Anyone who'd write a song called "The Only Dyke at the Open Mic" deserves a medal. And when she follows it up with "I'd Go Straight for Ridley Bent" and "Co-op Girlz" (about trying to pick up chicks a health food store), she should be eligible for the Order of Canada. - Richard Flohil, Flohil & Associates, Toronto, ON

....gut-splittingly funny.This kind of precocious is precious and altogether rare. - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province, Vancouver BC


Kate Reid is, quite simply, one of the best songwriters to emerge from the Canadian folk roots scene since David Francey. - Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine, Edmonton, AB

“Kate Reid is one of the best songwriters I've heard in years. I'd put her on a stage any time, any where." - Gary Cristall, Artistic Director for the Vancouver Folk Festival, 1978-1994

Slam poetry meets folk music meets LGBTQ-themed tunes in Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kate Reid. She is funny, passionate, queer as a three-dollar bill, and she’s sure to entertain. Her songs just might have you rolling in the aisles with laughter or dabbing tears from your eyes, where singing about small towns, gender-bending tug-boat drivers, old and new loves, festival beer tents, donor dads and lesbian moms, trying to get dates at the local co-op health food store, and being “the only dyke at the open mic” is the norm. Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009, and touted as “Favourite New Discovery” in 2009 by Penguin Eggs (Canada’s Folk, Roots, and World Music Magazine), Kate has five albums under her belt: Kate Reid (ep, 2005), Comin’ Alive (2006), I’m Just Warming Up (2009), Doing it for the Chicks (2011), and Queer Across Canada (2013), which is a collection of songs based on interviews she conducted with LGBTQ families. She performs at live music venues, folk and music festivals, Pride festivals, conferences, and in people’s living rooms. She also combines musical activism with teaching by facilitating workshops and giving concerts and keynote addresses in secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and community service organizations. Kate holds a BA from the University of Guelph, and a B.Ed and an MA from The University of British Columbia. In her MA work, she explored how queer genealogies, kinships, and identities are constructed through songs, songwriting, and performance. Currently, Kate is working on her PhD in the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto) where she is conducting research on collaborative curriculum development with students and classroom teachers, and on how the songs of Queer Across Canada might be used as curriculum tools to teach about gender and sexual diversity.      

Check out Kate's work in schools and community organizations on the Keynotes/Workshops/School Concerts page.